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House Divided: The Break-up of Dispensational Theology 

Greg L. Bahnsen and Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
430 pp.; Hardback

Leading dispensationalist writers attempted a full-out assault on postmillennialism and theonomy with three books released in a two-year period. These books simultaneously criticized the idea of Christian social reform. Those books were Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse?, by H. Wayne House and Thomas Ice: Whatever Happened to Heaven?, by Dave Hunt; and The Road to Holocaust, by Hal Lindsey. The arguments of all three books are answered in detail by House Divided, with Greg Bahnsen taking up the question of biblical law, and Kenneth Gentry taking up the question of biblical eschatology.

What this book demonstrates is that dispensational theology has now been shattered by its own defenders. They are no longer willing to defend the original system, and their drastic modifications have left it a broken shell.

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Foreword, Gary North
Preface by Gentry


Introduction
    1. An Opportunity for Cross-Examination


Part I: The Ethical Question
    2. The Conflict of Visions
    3. The Reconstructionist Option
    4. How Should We Then Decide?
    5. The Failure of Accurate Portrayal
    6. The Theological Concept of Law
    7. The Jurisdiction of the Law
    8. The Civil and Cultural Use of the Law


Part II: The Eschatological Question
    9. The Conflict of Expectations
    10. The Expectation of the Kingdom
    11. The Nature of the Kingdom
    12. The Presence of the Kingdom
    13. The Mission of the Kingdom
    14. The Victory of the Kingdom
    15. The History of Theology on the Kingdom
    16. The Preterist Interpretation of the Kingdom


Part III: The Scholarly Question
    17. Argumentation Errors
    18. Documentation Inadequacies
    19. Ethical Lapses


Conclusion
    20. Where Do We Go from Here?


Appendixes
    Appendix A – Theological Schizophrenia, Gary DeMar
    Appendix B – A Response to Hal Lindsey’s The Road to Holocaust

Reviews:

"One of the best books on the market for understanding the dispensationalist position"

It has been 24 years since the late Greg Bahnsen and Kenneth Gentry published their response to certain dispensationalist critiques of postmillennialism in general and Christian Reconstructionism in particular. While House Divided is first and foremost a response to Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? by Wayne House and Thomas Ice, it also deals with arguments found in Dave Hunt's Whatever Happened to Heaven?, and Hal Lindsey's The Road to Holocaust.

Although written in a forthright and confrontative tone, Bahnsen and Gentry are fair to their dispensational opponents. In this, they have done a far better job of dealing with the issues and fairly characterizing dispensationalism than has John Gerstner in Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth, a book that contains a significant number of straw man arguments against the dispensationalist position. Bahnsen and Gentry not only show the theological weaknesses and tenuous arguments of dispensationalism, but they also do an excellent job of rebutting the dispensationalist attacks on their position.

Though nearly two and a half decades have passed since the coauthoring of this book, House Divided is still one of the best books on the market for understanding the dispensationalist position and for finding out what's wrong with it. It also provides a helpful clarification of the Christian Reconstructionist position and shows why many of the attacks by dispensationalists and other opponents are misguided. Even if you do not agree with the Reconstructionist position, this book is definitely worth reading because of its clarity of expression and its careful presentation of the essential core of Christian Reconstruction.
— Doug Erlandson


"An excellent argument for the Post Millennium position"

It is unusual for me to pick up a book and not be able to put it down. This was definitely one of those books. The book is logically organized and written in an easy to understand style.


I found the writers making a biblical and historical defence of the Reconstructionist position that, although I am not completely convinced, I am intrigued to investigate further. The book does make an excellent argument for the Post Millennium position while completely dismantling the pessimistic Dispensational view. The Appendix even contains a side by side comparison of the Jehovah Witnesses positions with the similarities of the Dispensationalist.

Although the book is written as a response to Dominion Theology by House and Ice from a Reconstructionist point of view, those whom do not hold such a position will still find the book worthy of reading. I have been instilled with a new sense of excitement concerning the Post Mil/Partial Preterist position after reading thus book because: a) It is biblical and makes the Bible more grandeur, b) It is historical as far back as the early church fathers, c) God is displayed as being more sovereign( If that's possible) and in complete control, d) There is a much higher level of hope and victory led by King Jesus, e) How we view evangelism is radically influenced by our eschatology, f) Biblical prophecy is larger and more accurate than the Dispensationalist who uses the latest headlines to guide them, g) Jesus is ruling and reigning and is not in a position of defeat.
— B. Langdon


"A work worthy of attention"

This is a work worthy of attention. The critique of Dispensationalism is valid. And, despite some, the Postmil view espoused in this book cannot be fairly labeled as merely utopian, and certainly the victory and hope found in Postmil does not deny the teachings of Christ concerning the poor in spirit or those who mourn. Instead, the hope is a final hope. Christ will indeed be victorious. That is what is interpreted by Postmils. In fact, Postmil teaching is more often criticized for suggesting GREATER trials in store than it is for offering some type of Utopian bliss. Give it a fair read. It will be informative and worthy of consideration.
— D. Harelson Morrow



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